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Volume 1, Number 21 - September 27, 2006 - San Jose, CA

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Carlos Mencia, Flogging Molly, John Mayer & Calendar Girls

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dj q-bert
Thu. Sep. 28, 10pm
1015 Folsom
1015 Folsom, San Francisco
415.431.1200
$20

DJ Q-Bert

BETTER THAN THE GAME: DJ Q-Bert can be held almost solely responsible for reintroducing and reestablishing the DJ as a major force in the rap game. Determined to take turntablism into the future, DJ Q-Bert, along with his group the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, concerned themselves with technique and musicianship. Q-Bert himself branched out on a mission to basically teach the world to scratch, crossing genres to preach the gospel of the turntable. DJ Q-Bert, legend of the scratch and master of the breakbeat, hits 1015 for a little science lesson.

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roaring 20's
Wed. Sep. 27, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
408.292.5265
Free

The Roaring 20's

VALLEY GIRLS: Local girls with a helping hand from a stick man from the backwoods of Tennessee, The Roaring 20's set up garage band style at the Blank tonight for an indie throwdown with a full blend of old school punk, a little blues and straight ahead rock. Although not playing as a three piece for very long, The Roaring 20's have such a tight sound, steadfast direction and solidly inspired musicianship that you'd swear they've been plugging in their amps together since the cradle days. Odds are the 20's won't be hitting just the local club circuit much longer so cruise down and raise a glass so you can say with conviction; "I saw them when..."

peter frampton
Wed. Sep. 27, 7:30pm
Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga
408.998.TIXS
$35 - $55
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Peter Frampton

THE TALKING GUITAR: The one time record holder for best selling live arena rock album of all time until he was arguably usurped by The Boss, Peter Frampton is best known for Frampton Comes Alive that catapulted the lad from Kent from near obscurity to an international superstar seemingly overnight. Frampton's ability to do things most musicians only dreamed about with his guitar has always kept him in the critic's eyes even when he faded from the public's through a string of albums that never quite captured the magic of his live shows. Ask your parents; Frampton is probably one of the best guitarists today and the best through his '70s heydays, catching him live would be like a living rock history lesson.

good charlotte
Wed. Sep. 27, 8pm
The Fillmore
1805 Geary, San Francisco
408.998.TIXS
$20
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Good Charlotte

ALMOST BROKE IT: In a time awash with the black eyeliner of the corporate alternative post-post-pop-punk emo movement, it's good to know that there's a band out there that can crank the amps when it counts—even if it's only a decibel or two over the chained down monkeys attached to the organ grinding record giants collective leashes. Good Charlotte takes its cues from the harder rocking punk outfits of yore, but, since the days of renegade music and anarchy labels has since passed to be a viable monetary outlet for bands, GC plays the game producing slightly subversive punk tinged anthems for the Hot Topic generation.

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madagascar movie
Thu. Sep. 28, Dusk
St. James Park
First & St. James Sts., San Jose
408.279.1775
Free

Madagascar @ Cinema St. James

THE GREAT ANIMATED ESCAPE: Riding the coattails of and following in the footsteps of the recent slate of animated blockbusters, Madagascar pretty much follows the unsuspecting friends caught in an unexpected adventure line with predictable results. The movie works well, though, the jokes are timed and--as is becoming increasingly more popular with animated movies--there's plenty of insiders for adults. Needless to say the kids will love the mishaps of Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria--all too domesticated escapees from the Central Park Zoo--and adults will get a few laughs while relishing in the fact that there are still free things to do in San Jose.

flogging molly
Thu. Sep. 28, 7pm
The Warfield
982 Market St., San Francisco
408.998.TIXS
$20 - $22.50
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Flogging Molly

SEISUN PUNK: Combining traditional Irish folk music with West Coast punk, Flogging Molly puts on one of the best live shows ever full of whisky, blazing guitar and mandolin riffs, beer, sweat, accordions and mosh pits. Unique in the fact that they're based out of LA--while most American trad-Irish punkers claim Boston as home--Flogging Molly are tireless tourers, almost as rowdy on stage as the drunken crowds that love 'em are off. They headline the Side One Dummy College Tour--which moved to The Warfield from its original San Jo Civ location--with Bedouin Soundclash, Zox and The Whitest Kids U'Know.

flogging molly
Thu. Sep. 28, 9pm
Scores Sports Bar
417 S. First St., San Jose
408.971.6647
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Girls Arm Wrestling @ Scores

WHERE'S THE THEME SONG: Scores is looking for a few good girls to put on an arm wrestling show that's already sounding better than that cheesy Stallone flick, Over The Top, although Sly's one-liners will probably be better. Hosted by St. John from 94.9 and doling out $300 to the girl that beats the rest, Scores will be rocking with a slate of local DJs and 2 for 1 drink specials. Our money is on the chick that shows up driving a big rig with the backward trucker hat.

cherry poppin daddies
Thu. Sep. 28, 8pm
Red Devil Lounge
1695 Polk St., San Francisco
415.921.1695
$18 - $20

Cherry Poppin' Daddies

STILL SWINGING: Formed before the second coming of swing, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies wallowed around in the Pac Northwest at a time when grunge ruled the land until those self same alt-rock Gen-Xers discovered the quality of previously neglected musical styles and the retro-swing movement was born. Most notably remembered for '97s Zoot Suit Riot, Cherry Poppin' Daddies are still hitting it eight strong and introducing more influences--like ska, big band and jazz--into their already deep musical lexicon.

george thorogood
Thu. Sep. 28, 7:30pm
Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga
408.998.TIXS
$45 - $57.50
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George Thorogood and the Destroyers

BAR STOOL ANTHEMS: George Thorogood has always taken his cues from the gritty sound of 1950s Chicago blues and rocked them for an audience beyond those of blues purists. His classics with The Destroyers like "Move It On Over" and "Bad to the Bone" still appeal to a harder edged rock crowd that, in the early '80s, was slowly splintering between prog, glam and hair metal. If you want some good rock oriented bluesy drinking songs, just pop in some Thorogood and raise several glasses to such bar anthems as "I Drink Alone" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," but how that will play at the Mountain Winery is anyone's guess.

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crystal method
Fri. Sep. 29, 9pm
Ruby Skye
420 Mason St., San Francisco
415.693.0777
$20
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The Crystal Method

RAVERS RETURN: A force in the LA underground dance scene, The Crystal Method are still pumping out the rave inspired tracks that cemented the duo as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers. After the waning of the LA rave scene that was hampered by overbearing police pressure, completely out of style random violence and a price hike in MDMA, The Crystal Method did what any self-respecting techno, big beat, dance party directors would do—took the show on the road. Ruby Skye presents them in their natural habitat, a late-night, four-hour set.

tekpot
Fri. Sep. 29, 9pm
First Billiards
420 S. First St., San Jose
408.294.7800
Free

Tekpot w/ T9

FREE 408 RAP: In the last edition of First Billiards' Expansion free jam concert series local rapper Tekpot headlines the show with more than enough support lent by another local fave T9. Also included on the all local bill are Red Agenda, the United MC's with work on the turntables contributed by the Expansion main deck commanders, the Metal Mouth DJs Ruben R, Destro and Cali. Heck, you'll even be able to grab some cheap hourly pool rates, drink specials and catch local artists doing their thing.

the pimpsticks
Fri. Sep. 29, 8:30pm
The Hedley Club
233 W. Santa Clara St.,
San Jose
408.286.1000
Free

The Pimpsticks

HEP CATS: Locally grown jazz, blues swingsters The Pimpsticks bring their unique retro sounds to the swanky Hedley Club for a dirty night of juke joint riffs and copious amounts of booze--these guys would feel right at home kicking it with Dino, Sinatra and the boys. The Pimpsticks have been playing together and in other local bands for years, their sound is tight and when these fellas get together for a jam session, rest assured the joint is gonna be jumpin'.

angels swimsuit search
Fri. Sep. 29, 9pm
Angels Ultra Lounge
400 S. First St., San Jose
408.885.9588
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Angels Swimsuit Calendar Search

DON'T PACK 'EM YET: Angels Ultra Lounge is hosting their search for some ladies that want to be an integral part of their upcoming '07 swimsuit calendar on Friday night, so swing by for some gratuitous eye candy. The Angels drink slingers will be pouring out the specials with the beats provided courtesy of 94.9's Leslie Perez.

scissor sisters
Fri. Sep. 29, 8pm
The Warfield
982 Market St., San Francisco
408.998.TIXS
$29.50 - $35
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Scissor Sisters

ART HOUSE DANCE: Inspired by the New York burlesque, drag queen and glam rock scenes, the Scissor Sisters produce a genre and gender defying mix of dance floor anthems, rock, pop and performance art into their legendary live shows. More of a household name in Europe where their first single, a neon rainbow remake of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," catapulted the Scissor Sisters from the NY gay club scene to near superstardom. Their second full-length offering, Ta-Dah was just released to rave reviews on the UK circuit, so prepare for a grandiose theatrical live show.

agenda lounge
Fri. Sep. 29, 9pm
Agenda Lounge
399 S. First St., San Jose
408.287.3991
Free

VIP Friday @ Agenda

VIP APPRECIATION: There's something wholly unprecedented going on at one of the SoFA originals tonight. Agenda Lounge is throwing their VIP party where, just for showing up, you'll receive their VIP card that gets you unlimited access to the club and, to show Agenda's appreciation for all of you that have helped make it one of San Jo's best venues, their rocking $1 drinks--anything behind the bar--to kick off the night. Take note kids; that's a dollar for the good stuff, not the usual college party, rot gut action.

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carlos mencia
Sat. Sep. 30, 7 & 10:30pm
San Jose Civic Auditorium
135 W. San Carlos St.,
San Jose
408.277.5277
$39.50 - $42.50
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Carlos Mencia

ROAD SHOW: Since the departure from the airwaves of Dave Chapelle, Carlos Mencia now holds the title of funniest guy on television, but stand up has always been his bread and butter because of the grateful absence of FCC regulations. His show, Mind of Mencia, while pushing the envelope can only go so far and to see Carlos in all his full in your face, dismantling of stereotypes, hilarious glory; catch him live. Carlos Mencia brings his 2006 The Punisher Tour for two shows at the San Jo Civ tonight, if it isn't sold out, try to catch the later one...trust us.

download festival 2006
Sat. Sep. 30, 2pm
Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy.,
Mountain View
408.998.TIXS
$29.50 - $49.50
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The Download Festival

PLUGGING IN: The Download Festival returns for a second turn at Shoreline today and the name alone speaks volumes about the hard drive driven modern music industry. Following the established alternative music festival formula that pits big name acts on the same stage as up and comers, Beck headlines with the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and The Shins taking care of the other household name slots with prog-rockers Coheed and Cambria, and jazz fusionists TV on the Radio rounding out the bill. Also, for all you MySpacers, the social networking giant will go decidedly Luddite with a real world tent where cyber soul mates can finally connect without the help of bandwidth.

tom petty
Sat. Sep. 30, 7pm
The Greek Theatre
UC Berkeley Campus
408.998.TIXS
$41
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

RAN DOWN THE DREAM: Venerable Americana roots rockers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, swing by the Greek tonight for a show full of Petty's signature nasal drawling about the tribulations of common middle class heroes and losers with the tight and versatile backing of the Heartbreakers. Even though Tom Petty has run the gamut from solo career to super-band-oleer while in The Traveling Wilburys, he's always worked best with the Heartbreakers and on their latest, Highway Companion, the near precog powers of kicking out jams together for over 30 years is fully evidenced.

hell's belles
Sat. Sep. 30, 8pm
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
831.423.1336
$16
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Hell's Belles

WE SALUTE YOU: The full blown rocker chick AC/ DC tribute band, Hell's Belles, invade The Catalyst tonight for a guitar laced, amped up, hard driving show. These girls seriously know how to rock and, being that The Catalyst is one of their favorite venues to perform in, you can bet that this show is going to be a drunken, rowdy, ear-splitting one that'll make even the most diehard AC/ DC fans proud--and even if you're not into AC/ DC (but really, who doesn't like 'em?), seeing these girls tear it up is just freakin' awesome.

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john mayer
Sun. Oct. 1, 6:30pm
Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy.,
Mountain View
408.998.TIXS
$30.50 - $76
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John Mayer w/ Sheryl Crow

ACOUSTIC RECOVERY: Well, let's all hope that this match up works better than the previous two for these guitar stars. John Mayer, after leaving the vapid blondie can now get back to writing and performing soul, rock and pop laden tunes with phenomenal guitar work that make the young girls scream at the top of their petite lungs. While Sheryl Crow can leave the cheering squad behind and concentrate rather on the music that made her a household name in the '90s. Acoustic pop rock enthusiasts everywhere will welcome them both back with open arms.

sonic youth
Sun. Oct. 1, 8pm
The Fillmore
1805 Geary, San Francisco
408.998.TIXS
$25
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Sonic Youth

TEENAGE RIOT: Accessibility and mainstream rock has never been Sonic Youth's strong suits, in fact, the very terms to these experimental pioneers are completely foreign. For over 25 years these avant-garde noisemakers have been synonymous with shredding guitar licks and distortion that transition from hauntingly melodious to amped ear blowing punk in a single chord change. The quartet's new album, Rather Ripped, melds classic Sonic Youth musical deconstructionism with '70s rock...strange, but true and these guys are probably the only band that could pull it off.

godsmack
Sun. Oct. 1, 7pm
Sleep Train Pavilion
2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord
408.998.TIXS
$25 - $49.50

Godsmack

STANDING ALONE: Alternative metal heads, Godsmack bring their heavy bass lines and blazing guitar riffs to Concord tonight for a show that's sure to bring out all of the black clad and devil-horned finger-saluting denizens to the Sleep Train Pavilion. After getting their start on the all-metal, all-day Ozzfest tour in 1999 and propelling the hype of The Rock's forgettable acting debut in The Scorpion King, Godsmack is now awarded the privileges of being the premiere amped up headliners. Death rocker Rob Zombie and Shinedown do the honors of opening.

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we are scientists
Mon. Oct. 2, 8pm
Oakland Arena
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
408.998.TIXS
$39.50 - $129.50
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Mariah Carey

BACK TO FORM: The original spoiled and out of her skull, meltdown diva herself, Mariah Carey heads to Oakland tonight and, supposedly, has left those days behind her. Who could possibly forget the spectacular flop of Glitter or her off the deep end public showings of the early 2000s? But, with the release of '05s chart topper, The Emancipation of Mimi, Carey seems to have gotten back to her old form, selling out the largest stadiums, moving seamlessly between hip-hop and dance club anthems and giving up the sole T-shirt look for something a little more, um, appropriate.

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Mon. Oct. 2, 7pm
The Fillmore
1805 Geary, San Francisco
408.998.TIXS
$20
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We Are Scientists

ELEMENTARY: Cerebral indie rockers, We Are Scientists, make their way to The Fillmore from their usual Brooklyn digs for a singular show that's sure to involve some quirky songs and experimental musicianship from the trio. Known for their live shows around NY and for never answering a reviewers question straight, instead riffing aimlessly on about the pertinent ramifications of the muskrat's introduction to mainland Europe, We Are Scientists produce that intelligent, indie style of tunage that's severely lacking in a lot of the cookie cutter record company lap dog recording artists that always seem to clog up our airwaves--much like, according to WAS, the muskrat is clogging up the levees and dykes in The Netherlands.

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cardiff lounge
Tue. Oct. 3, 9pm
The Cardiff Lounge
260 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408.374.7477
Free

Mondodrama @ The Cardiff Lounge

EASY COCKTAIL RHYTHMS: Mondodrama at the Cardiff Lounge recalls the '60s heydays of kitschy afro-funk and Latin mambo action of the likes of classic Martin Denny, Les Baxter and Yma Sumac with some new breakbeat twists and jazz. Resident spinners Mark Johns, Kat and Bird blend the funky rhythms perfectly with the Cardiff's chill atmosphere to present a hip little Tuesday night drinking spot.

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vault 10-07
Sat. Oct. 7, 9pm
The Vault Ultra Lounge
81 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
408.298.1112
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Steve Smooth & JJ Flores

CHICAGO SPIN: The Vault is bringing in a Windy City double house throwdown featuring two of Chi-town's hottest spinners, Steve Smooth and JJ Flores. The two turntablists will be cracking heads for the first time and all you house music fans know, the Chicago house scene is definitely on par with the one in The City, so deep booty shaking grooves should not be a problem. Local spin-heads Roger Moorehouse, Mario Dubbz and Kyle Chase round out the bill.

kung fu vampire
Fri. Oct. 13, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
408.292.5265
$10

Kung Fu Vampire

CREATURE OF THE NIGHT: Hip-hop, jazz, rap, goth, orchestral fusion may sound like we were just spewing out a laundry list of musical styles, but we're actually talking about Kung Fu Vampire, one of the most inspired bands to ever come out of the Bay Area scene. With an on stage presence 10-strong encompassing strings, a keyboardist, a visualist, guitar and beats, KFV drops street poignant lyrics over a beat heavy, but totally smooth and dark loungey sound that kicks like a Frankenstein amalgamation of Dino, Dizzy and Mos Def.

--This week's newsletter by: RO, DS, CT & AR


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